Supporting Finance Minister P Chidambaram while they were part of the UPA, didn’t really stop his party or family from being persecuted, said DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. Responding to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s resounding call during her Kaaraikudi rally to defeat both Chidambaram and the ‘DMK who ably supported him’ in the upcoming polls, Karunanidhi asked, “Was it because we supported Chidambaram that my daughter Kanimozhi spent several months in Tihar Jail for a crime she did not commit?”
There has been little contact between the long time allies ever since the DMK walked out of the UPA government last year, and Karunanidhi’s answers, in a statement, hinted at a good deal of resentment.
“Was it because we supported him and remained part of the Central Government that Kalaignar TV was fined for the `200 crore loan they sought? Is it because of our support for him that despite being unwell, my wife was questioned at home?”
The DMK chief went on to add that despite all these incidents, they did not exit the UPA.
“Everyone is aware that we only left the coalition because of their unyielding stance on the Lankan Tamil issue.”